Dr. James Betts is a pediatric surgeon who specializes in caring for children with traumatic injuries, as well as those with conditions related to the urinary system. He is the founding director, now emeritus, of the pediatric trauma program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Betts earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont. He completed a residency in urology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He also completed a residency in surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, as well as residencies in pediatric surgery and pediatric urology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

  • Education

    The University of Vermont, MD, 1973

  • Residencies

    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Urology, 1978

    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Surgery, 1981

    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Surgery, 1983

  • Board Certifications

    Urology, American Board of Urology

  • Academic Title


Clinics I work with (2)

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General Surgery Clinic

General Surgery Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Brentwood / Fremont / San Ramon / Walnut Creek


Trauma Care Center

Trauma Care Center

747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA 94609

Where I see patients (4)

    Fetal surgery firsts

    The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.

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